Sean Hannity is having a meltdown.
This week, the Fox News host posted a series of bizarre tweets, denouncing liberal journalism and calling Twitter users who pointed out he had lost his mind “jacka**.”
Liberal media. It's was Josh Ernest who refuse to amswee teh ? Will Obama stay in the US if DT wins. I mentioned I'd pay a charter to .....— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 27, 2016
Journalism is DEAD IN AMERICA! pic.twitter.com/50ZBOTvfHy— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 26, 2016
(By the way, this is the same guy who clarified in April that he was not a journalist but a talk show host.)
A you are a "liberal writer" with 3000 followers who nobody gives a :()$&@@ about. https://t.co/CySWGgqNMk— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 26, 2016
Are u a jackass in real life or just on Twitter? https://t.co/B3TTDSdenP— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 26, 2016
I'm not a journalist jackass. I'm a talk host. https://t.co/fj1ZCsAEL4— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 26, 2016
So, yeah, it was tense. And his aggression is more or less understandable, considering his buddy, Donald Trump, appears really close to losing the election to Hillary Clinton.
However, things got even more awkward when Hannity went on his daily radio show to criticize President Barack Obama — and offered him a flight to Kenya.
“I have an offer for the president,” Hannity says in the audio clip posted above, while commenting on a fake news article that claimed Obama would move to Canada if Trump wins the presidential election.
“I will charter a plane for you and your family. I will charter it to the country of your choice. You want to go to Canada? I’ll pay for you to go to Canada. You want to go to Kenya? I’ll pay for you to go to Kenya. Jakarta [in Indonesia], where you went to school back in the day, you can go back there.”
Now, he’s obviously hinting at the infamous and thousand-times-debunked birther theory about President Barack Obama.
But it wasn’t just a hint. It was an acknowledgement.
Hannity was giving a nod to a theory that, by its very nature, is racist. In fact, it’s the textbook definition of racism: telling a black man to go back to Africa.
Unfortunately, bigots like Hannity don’t care if the birther theory reeks of racism — and that’s exactly why people like him shouldn’t be given a platform to spew vitriol on national television.
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